Out of My Mind
- Author: Sharon M. Draper
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Published: May 2012
- ISBN-10: 1416971718
- ISBN-13: 9781416971719
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 7.6X5.1X1
- Weight: 0.45
- Copyright: 2010
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Special Needs
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Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Melody, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, cannot walk or talk. Despite her parents' best efforts, the outside world has defined her by her condition. Melody's life changes when inclusion classrooms are introduced in her school, and she interacts with children other than those in her special-needs unit. To these children, Melody is "other," and they are mostly uncomfortable with her sounds and jerky movements. Normal problems of school friendships are magnified. Preparation for a trivia competition and acquisition of a computer that lets her communicate her thoughts reveal Melody's intelligence to the world. Melody is an entirely complete character, who gives a compelling view from inside her mind. Draper never shies away from the difficulties Melody and her family face. Descriptions of both Melody's challenges—"Going to the bathroom at school just plain sucks"—and the insensitivities of some are unflinching and realistic. Realistically, Melody's resilient spirit cannot keep her from experiencing heartbreak and disappointment even after she has demonstrated her intellect. This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy. (Fiction. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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